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What are the best practices for modern breeding? CGIAR-EiB coalition shares excellence, innovations, opportunities

EiB news | Adam Hunt | 19/11/2020

Through “sharing excellence” across programs and geographies, crop breeders are ready to deliver higher rates of genetic gain and varietal turnover. This was the theme of...

New AGG project aims to accelerate genetic gains in maize and wheat

EiB news | | 19/10/2020

By Joshua MasindeCGIAR Excellence in Breeding (EiB) is contributing its science-backed support to the maize and wheat breeding program improvement plans on the new Accelerating Genetic Gains in Maize and Wheat for Improved Livelihoods (...

Excellence in Breeding team working to catalyze change

EiB news | Adam Hunt | 31/8/2020

Please see our team bio page.Combining culture change with technical innovations may be the most challenging part of modernization breeing programs. Working with partners across CGIAR and externally to catalyze this change, the CGIAR Excellence in Breeding (EiB)...

New project aims to modernize rice breeding in Africa

EiB news | Sam Storr | 7/7/2020

Rice is a food for the future in Africa, with consumer demand for rice growing faster than any other staple crop. With most farms yielding less than two tons per hectare, Africa's taste for rice could lead to greater reliance on food imports, with US $7 billion already...

Assessing the current state of breeding operations in West Africa

EiB news | Sam Storr | 6/4/2020

In February, the CGIAR Excellence in Breeding (EiB) Platform assessed breeding operations and phenotyping capacity at five CGIAR and national crop research stations in West Africa.Given that the population of West Africa is expected to double in the next...

Dawn of a pan-African method for designing varieties with impact

EiB news | Sam Storr | 20/2/2020

Market and crop development specialists in Africa are making important steps towards embedding customer- and product-driven breeding practices in the region in 2020.One the chief obstacles to agricultural development in Africa is the low rate at which...

Plant breeders assess tools and services to accelerate breeding with genotypic data

EiB news | Sam Storr | 7/2/2020

On January 15, the CGIAR Excellence in Breeding Platform (EiB) held a one-day workshop with users of its genotyping and data analytics services at the 2020 International Plant and Animal Genome (PAG) conference,...

Toward a unified breeding data management system

EiB news | Sam Storr | 28/1/2020

Members of the Enterprise Breeding System (EBS) advisory committee are lending expertise to make progress on the development of a full-spectrum breeding data management software.CGIAR plant breeders currently rely on a suite of different software projects to make use...

EiB Annual Meeting 2019 Highlights

EiB news | Sam Storr | 16/12/2019

A common vision for CGIAR breeding backed by funders, with a view to One CGIARAt its 2019 annual meeting, the CGIAR Excellence in Breeding Platform outlined an ambitious vision for breeding program modernization designed to deliver on the two key metrics demanded by the donors behind Crops to End...

CGIAR and NARS cassava and yam breeders visit Brazil

EiB news | Sam Storr | 2/12/2019

During the week of 12 August 2019, cassava and yam breeders from CGIAR and national agricultural research centers in Colombia, Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania participated in an EiB-sponsored visit to Brazil.After carrying out assessments at 13 CGIAR centers, the trip...